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NBD - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra Di2 (2018), or: another dumb impulse purchase

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NBD - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra Di2 (2018), or: another dumb impulse purchase

Old 07-05-19, 10:41 PM
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NBD - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra Di2 (2018), or: another dumb impulse purchase

A fool and his money are soon parted...
- ancient proverb probably written with me in mind

I took advantage of my LBS's 4th of July sale on the 2018 Cannondale models. I mean I'm a believer of another ancient proverb, "you can't take it with you" and with SoCal now experiencing it's second large quake in as many days, I guess I won't end up regretting this purchase if we all slide into the ocean.

I got this to compliment my fitness bike. I just wanted to go fast (apologies to Ricky Bobby). And the sale was 25% off of list. I couldn't find another Ultegra Di2 road bike for $3K flat (okay, technically one cent below 3K). Also it's fairly close to my alma mater's colors. So I gave in to weakness and bought it after test riding it. My FX S6 is fast...for a fitness bike. It wasn't until I tested this (and a few other models, including a Domane and Emonda) that I realized exactly how much faster, and lighter, these road bikes are.

Anyway, here's a couple of pics. Before I slide into the Pacific.

Tell them I lived!

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Old 07-06-19, 05:06 AM
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Great looking bike! My previous bike was a supersix evo and it was a great bike.
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Nice! Like the classic C'dale blue.
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Nice bike, you won't "regret" your purchase for long. Di2 is a dream.

Now... huh... sorry to bring this up. You... uh... will remove that dork disk, right? ;-)
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Oh yeah, those Mavic dork disks are almost as good as the old chrome dinner plates. Love the spoke clips on those.

It's like Mavic figured they weren't dorky enough, and had to push the envelope.
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Oh yeah, those Mavic dork disks are almost as good as the old chrome dinner plates. Love the spoke clips on those.

It's like Mavic figured they weren't dorky enough, and had to push the envelope.
BITD Mavic dork discs were small, and barely noticeable with a 25t cassette. I guess they went huge because some riders are now using huge dorky cassettes.
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I’m thinking of upgrading from the stock Lugano tires to the Conti 5k. If I do that today I’ll get rid of the dork disc.
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Great looking bike, $3k for electronic shifting is a steal...I think my next bike will have to be electronic.
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Re: the color - I had to pick something different from the matte black that my FX S6 came in. They actually had a stunning Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra (non-Di2) in Oxblood on sale as well...but it had three very noticeable dots about 1cm each in diameter--and all three were right beside each other on the top tube that would be very visible to the rider. Every time I looked down I would have seen them. If it had been underneath one of the tubes and less visible I might have been able to live it it. But that model was $2250, so I figured for another $750 I got the Di2 system and the classic Cannondale blue (blue and yellow are also my alma mater's colors...technically gold but close enough).

Re: Di2 - so this is my first Di2 experience and so far I have to say it's amazing. They updated it to the latest firmware, and also enabled the sequential shifting (which can be toggled back to normal). But it's great only having to think about the right hand shifters and have the computer do the front/back shifting calculation for you.

The only other "bummer" about the bike are the wheels not being TLR and being pretty mediocre for a bike that MSRP'd for 4K, but with the Di2 they had to reduce costs elsewhere. I'll slap the Conti 5Ks on and see how it feels and maybe after wearing those out (and letting my bank account recharge) I'll see about upgrading the wheels.
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Mission accomplished. Conti 5K 28c installed. Dork disc removed.
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Mission accomplished. Conti 5K 28c installed. Dork disc removed.
Sexy.

That's a good looking bike, and you are going to love Di2.

I'm a little surprised that those wheels aren't tubeless ready, but now you have something to "upgrade".
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Lol thanks! But after dropping that much cash I would have liked to be done w upgrades for a while.
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but, what about a spider ring?

Just kidding. Beautiful bike! I have been breaking my own new supersix in for a couple of months now and loving it. I went with the acid red.
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Lol thanks! But after dropping that much cash I would have liked to be done w upgrades for a while.
Good luck with that
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